NUPENG gives Chevron seven days to re­call work­ers

The Punch - - BUSINESS & ECONOMY - Anna Okon

THe na­tional lead­er­ship of the Nige­ria Union of Petroleum and Nat­u­ral Gas Work­ers has is­sued a sev­en­day ul­ti­ma­tum to Chevron, ask­ing the oil firm to re­call its 32 sacked work­ers who are mem­bers of the union.

The union in a state­ment made avail­able to our correspond­ent on Wed­nes­day ex­pressed ‘deep frus­tra­tion’ and ‘dis­ap­point­ment’ over a di­rec­tive from Chevron Nige­ria Lim­ited telling its con­trac­tor, Cordeau Nige­ria Lim­ited, to sack 32 work­ers for in­sist­ing on be­ing NUPENG mem­bers.

The state­ment read in part, “NUPENG with ev­ery atom of strength in us is ve­he­mently op­posed to this un­pa­tri­otic and un­civilised move in view of our as­sertive com­mit­ment to the pro­tec­tion of jobs of our mem­bers, con­sid­er­ing the high level of un­em­ploy­ment in the coun­try.

“In view of this heart­break­ing dilemma, which is cur­rently pos­ing a huge threat to the na­tion’s in­dus­trial peace and har­mony as well as so­cio-eco­nomic ac­tiv­i­ties of the cit­i­zenry, the union is us­ing this medium to reach out to the man­age­ment of Chevron to call back to work all the sacked work­ers forth­with.”

It added, “Con­se­quent on the above de­mand and hav­ing taken us for granted, NUPENG hereby puts all our mem­bers on red alert should Chevron Nige­ria Lim­ited and its con­trac­tor fail to hon­our or com­ply with our de­mand within the next seven days.

“We would also not hes­i­tate to take all nec­es­sary le­gal op­tions avail­able to us, in­clud­ing na­tion­wide in­dus­trial ac­tions and demon­stra­tions, to press home our le­git­i­mate and ur­gent re­quest.”

Ac­cord­ing to NUPENG, the sack which was car­ried out at the twi­light of 2019 was in a bad taste and an af­front to labour and work­ers’ rights as well as hu­man rights re­lat­ing to re­la­tion­ship be­tween work­ers and em­ploy­ers, con­tained in the in­ter­na­tional labour and employment law.

It stated that one of the most fun­da­men­tal of work­ers’ rights was the right to free­dom of as­so­ci­a­tion, which was oth­er­wise known as the right to or­gan­ise.

Photo: NBC

•L-R: Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, Lady­bird Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Lim­ited, Mrs Bunmi Oke; Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, Ni­tro 121, Mr Lampe Omoyele; Sus­tain­abil­ity and Com­mu­nity Af­fairs Man­ager, Nige­rian Bot­tling Com­pany Lim­ited, Ms Ifeoma Okoye; and Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Man­ager, NBC Lim­ited, Ms Olatomiwa Akande, dur­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion of Best Com­pany in Ed­u­ca­tion Award to NBC at the 13th edi­tion of So­cial En­ter­prise Re­port Awards in La­gos... re­cently.

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